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UW in the News

October 9, 2017

State, national and international media frequently feature the University of Wyoming and members of its community in stories. Here is a summary of some of the recent articles:

UW scientists are teaming up with a California-based institute and other entities to help researchers discover new ways to use coal so that it does not contribute to climate change, according to Mining Connection. The San Francisco Chronicle also published the article.

Inside Energy interviewed UW economist Rob Godby about Wyoming and Japanese officials meeting in Gillette to sign a memorandum of understanding about a partnership that would find a way to export Wyoming coal to Japan and work on carbon capture technologies to clean up coal-burning power plants.

UW will take part in a four-year, $6 million National Science Foundation project to determine if changes in commodity production and capturing carbon are sustainable, or even feasible, in the Upper Missouri River Basin, according to Renewable Energy Magazine and Biofuels Magazine. KGWN TV reprinted UW’s release.

Inside Higher Ed reported on the high number of faculty departures -- most because of budget cuts -- at UW. Cheyenne’s KGAB Radio reprinted the story on its website.

London’s Daily Mail reported on the UW-led study to find if mammalian carnivores understand the principles of water displacement. Doctoral student Lauren Stanton and Assistant Professor Sarah Benson-Amram led the study to demonstrate that captive raccoons are able to learn to solve novel problems. The Laramie Boomerang and Reader’s Digest also reported on the study.

The Boomerang noted that UW and City of Laramie officials held a series of listening sessions to decide the future of 15th Street that connects the residence halls and campus. Various scenarios were discussed on how best to deal with traffic and student pedestrian issues at that intersection. KGWN TV printed a similar story. The Boomerang came out against closing 15th Street in a Sunday editorial.

UW graduate student Jose Rivas, from Gillette, was featured in an NBC News story about a study-abroad program for DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) students that will be unable to continue with the termination of DACA.

Wyoming Public Media covered a visit on campus from former Vice President Dick Cheney and his wife, Lynne. The couple noted the 10th anniversary of the Cheney International Center on campus.

The “Wyoming’s Wind Energy Future” conference at UW last week was reported on by The Boomerang.

Sheridan Media interviewed Chad Baldwin, associate vice president for communications and marketing, about UW’s increased enrollment this fall.

UW history Professor Phil Roberts recounted how a Kemmerer doctor was arrested for prescribing alcohol during Prohibition. He was interviewed for an article, titled “Ridiculous History: When Doctors ‘Prescribed’ Alcohol During Prohibition” in How Stuff Works.

The Casper Star-Tribune interviewed Rebecca Watts, executive director of the UW Trustees Education Initiative, about an “augmented reality” program that UW is preparing to implement to teach the next generation of educators. U.S. News and World Report and Education Week also reprinted the article.

Individual UW colleges are developing their own strategic plans -- mirroring UW’s strategic plan -- but will have more unit-specific goals, reported The Boomerang.

County 10, an online news outlet in Fremont County, reported on the grand opening of UW’s new Native American Education Research and Cultural Center.

Doug Russell, a UW associate professor of art, has some of his travel drawings on display at Northeastern Junior College, reported the Journal-Advocate in Sterling, Colo.

Only in Your State mentioned UW’s Art Museum and Centennial Complex among “14 Awesome Things To Do In Wyoming That Won’t Cost A Cent.”

Tex Taylor, a professor in the UW Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, was quoted in a Torrington Telegram story on Wyoming’s economic outlook.

Kansas Ag Connection noted that Alexandre Skiba, an associate professor in the UW Department of Economics, will speak later this month at the annual Kansas Economic Policy Conference at the University of Kansas.

UW Honors Program visiting Assistant Professor Erin Abraham’s recently published book, “Anticipating Sin in Medieval Society,” which explores sin and reparation, was featured in The Boomerang.

Oil City, an online news outlet in Casper, featured Bison Kings Studios, which recently launched its first video game. The company is a recent graduate of UW’s Wyoming Technology Business Center incubator.

Chris Bastian, UW Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics professor, discussed with High Plains/Midwest Ag Journal what cattle producers can do when facing a brucellosis outbreak.

The Boomerang reported that the environmental outdoor Telluride Mountainfilm Tour, sponsored by the UW Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources, will be in Laramie this week.

Former UW saddle bronc rider Billie Sutton, who was paralyzed in a rodeo accident after completing his college eligibility, is running for South Dakota governor, according to The Rapid City Journal. He is a four-term state senator from Burke, S.D.

The Boomerang noted that the Wyoming Jazz Ensemble teamed up with the UW Chamber Orchestra for a collaborative concert -- the first of its kind.


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